Laindon & Poppets: Short film screening & Q&A with filmmaker Maz Murray


5.30PM – 7.30PM

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – Foyle Rooms, Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG

Join OSE Associate Lizzy Deacon for a short film screening & in-conversation with filmmaker Maz Murray.

‘Laindon’ and ‘Poppets’ explore local collectivity and a grassroots resistance to gentrification with an executive delivery of trashiness, surrealism and pure vibeyness. Murray’s characters are archetypal in their melodrama and this guides the viewer through the reality of rapidly changing landscapes.

PLEASE NOTE: Both films contain strong language and scenes that include sexual content, and reference misgendering and/or sex work. Viewer discretion is advised – Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This is a limited capacity event – Booking is requiredplease reserve a FREE ticket here

If (for any reason) you’re unable to attend after booking – we ask that you cancel your ticket via Eventbrite and free up a space for another participant. If this event is fully booked and you would like to be placed on a waiting list, or you have any other queries, please contact


Screening Schedule:

Laindon – 11m 36sec

A camp exploration of the political landscape of the New Town. A portal has opened in Basildon, Essex on the site of Laindon Shopping Centre: a half demolished brutalist plaza earmarked for redevelopment. Laindon was commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Poppets – 16m 19sec

A surreal soap opera about an Essex girl investigating malpractice in a local housing development and 2 women who meet and fall in love on a night out at a suburban entertainment multiplex: Bas Vegas. Oh, and their boyfriends. They are psychically linked to the story of 2 Plotlands women (as overshared by an old man in the smoking area) who visit their local witch to make a poppet. A journey through 4 generations of capitalist town planning, from the smallholdings of the 1800s to the luxury flats built on floodplains of the future.


Maz Murray is an artist from and living in Basildon, Essex. Maz works with film, performance, installation and writing; using satire, surrealism, melodrama and humour to talk about queer and trans identity, class and the erosion of public life. Maz is interested in repurposing and subverting pop cultural tropes by scrappily mimicking the forms of music video, TV documentary, talk show, social media content and cinema.

OSE Public Programme 2022-23

This event is held as part of Open School East’s 2022-23 Associate-led Public Programme. This year’s Associate-led Public Programme responds to themes of social & ecological hybridity, as set out in the Associate’s first term curriculum entitled When The World Looks Back At You: about storytelling, ecology and the weird led by artist Saelia Aparicio. Through explorations of the voice, the body and sensitive connections with natural and man-made networks that unite the world around us, the Associate-led Public Programme looks to and explores creativity and collectivity in green spaces.

This year we’re excited to announce our partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme. 

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011. Turner Contemporarys work extends beyond showcasing world-class exhibitions, to driving the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent and transforming lives in one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Since it opened, Turner Contemporary has welcomed over 3.8 million visits, put over £70million back into the Kent economy and connected with thousands of people from the local community through our world class programme. 

You can find more Public Programme events at:

You can find accessibility details for Turner Contemporary here: